FPSY 6101 Walden University W

States’ Juvenile Justice Codes

Most states’ juvenile justice codes are similar. However, there are some differences in legal requirements and sentencing for persons under the age of 18. For example, a state’s Three Strikes law may or may not take into account felonies committed while still a juvenile. Other states may require psychological evaluations prior to sentencing. Often the services that are offered to an offending juvenile depend on the city’s, county’s, or state’s resources (which include money). In this Discussion, you become familiar with your state’s juvenile justice code and apply specific rules and regulations to a specific case study.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review the selected pages in Chapter 13 in Introduction to Forensic Psychology. Pay attention to the history and role of the Juvenile Court.
  • Consider the process of juvenile assessment engaged in by the forensic psychology professional.
  • Review Chapter 7 in Introduction to Forensic Psychology. Consider the definition of juvenile delinquency and the nature and extent of juvenile offending.
  • Review Chapter 13 in Introduction to Forensic Psychology and consider the approaches to rehabilitating juvenile criminals.
  • Review this week’s case study.
  • Do an Internet search for your state’s juvenile justice code. (Note: It may be helpful to search first for the justice code of your state. Then within that code, search more specifically for “Juvenile.”)
  • Review your state’s juvenile justice code and find out how it might handle the alleged perpetrator in the case study.
  • Identify two specific rules or regulations from your state’s juvenile justice code that would address the situation in the case study. (Examples might include the age limits in your state for transfer to adult court, how your state’s juvenile justice code handles questioned competency to stand trial, who can request an evaluation of competency to stand trial for a juvenile, the limits of incarceration of a juvenile, etc.)


Post by Day 4 two specific rules or regulations from you state’s juvenile justice code that relate to the alleged perpetrator in the case study. Explain how the rules or regulations relate to and would address the situation in the case study.


FPSY 6101 Walden University W

Although the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct has changed over the years and will be revised in the years to come, the current Code provides a template for the acceptable practice of psychology. The Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists also promotes desirable professional behavior and helps to inspire forensic psychology professionals to strive for high standards of professional practice. Both the code and guidelines can assist the forensic psychology professional in adhering to standards of professional behavior and in resolving ethical conflicts and dilemmas. In this Application, you apply the code or guidelines to a case study that presents potential areas of ethical conflict for a forensic psychology professional.

To prepare for this assignment:

  • Review this week’s case study. Click here to access the case study. Pay attention to specific areas in the case study that may present ethical conflicts or dilemmas for the forensic psychology professional.
    Select four such areas for use in this Application Assignment. Consider the severity of each.
  • Review the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. Consider which specific principles/standards would apply to the areas you identified.
  • Review the American Psychological Association’s Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists. Choose the specific guideline(s) that speaks to each of the four areas you identified.
  • Reflect on how and why the guidelines you chose would apply to the four areas of potential ethical conflict.

The assignment (1–3 pages):

  • Explain the four areas of potential conflict or dilemma that you selected.
  • For each instance, list the specific ethical code or guideline that might apply and explain how and why it is relevant and applies to the areas you selected.

Support your Application Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are asked to provide a reference list only for those resources not included in the Learning Resources for this course.

FPSY 6101 Walden University W

In the Final Project, due by Day 7 of Week 11, you are asked to demonstrate your knowledge of the major concepts studied in this course for each forensic psychology subspecialty. For the Final Project, you should include itemized sections for each of the following subspecialties:

  • Criminal
  • Juvenile
  • Civil
  • Investigative
  • Correctional
  • Police
  • Briefly describe the major roles and responsibilities of a forensic psychologist in that subspecialty.
  • Describe any seminal court cases that may have influenced the practice of forensic psychology within the subspecialty.
  • Explain at least two of the most common ethical dilemmas and/or challenges encountered by the forensic psychologist in the subspecialty. Be specific. Explain how you might resolve each dilemma.
  • Explain any unresolved controversial issues a forensic psychologist might face in the subspecialty.
  • Describe any research relevant to each subspecialty.

For each subspecialty:

Note: A superior Final Project demonstrates breadth and depth of knowledge, and critical thinking appropriate for graduate-level scholarship. The Final Project must follow APA Publication Manual guidelines and be free of typographical, spelling, and grammatical errors. The Final Project should be 12–15 pages, not counting title page, abstract, or references. Please note that quantity does not always correspond to quality, and a well-written Final Project that includes all of the necessary information may be accomplished in fewer than the maximum number of pages. The Final Project for this course will be evaluated according to all four indicators in the Application Assignment and Final Project Writing Rubric located in the Course Information area.


You must use scholarly research to support your work and cite the references using APA guidelines. Be very cautious when stating your opinion or using terms suggesting absolute facts or values, as these MUST be supported by references. Note that textbooks, including course texts, are composed of information cited in other sources (see the reference section in the course text). With this in mind, an adequate number of appropriate references is expected. A good “rule of thumb” is to include approximately 3 or more pages of references in APA style. Please note that you must use primary sources. Peer-reviewed journal articles should make up the bulk of your references (80%). If referring to a book, be sure to include all information in APA style, including specific page numbers. Note that an article referred to in a book is a secondary source. More on this topic is available in the APA Publication Manual and in the Walden Writing Center

(http://inside.waldenu.edu/c/student_faculty/studentfaculty_562.htm). Also see “Policies on Academic Honesty” in the Syllabus, Part II, Walden University Policies and Information.

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